CENTER FOR MIGRATION AND REFUGEE STUDIES
Winter Short Courses January 12 – February 6, 2014
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following four short courses during the month of
January and February 2014:
1. Demographic Methods for Measuring International Migration (January 12 - 16 , 2014)
2. Immigration Detention: Challenges of a Growing Trend (January 19 - 23, 2014)
3. Addressing Global Trends: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees Living the Urban Context (January 26 – 30, 2014):
4. International Refugee Law (February 2 - 6 , 2014)
1. Eligibility for all courses:
The courses are offered for graduate level students, researchers and practitioners in the field of migration and refugees. The maximum number of participants in each course is between 10 - 30. All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided. Participants should have a sufficient command of the English language.
Interested applicants can apply for one course or for all the four courses. Different deadlines are specified for each course as indicated below.
The fee for each course is $ 500. Tuition waiver options are offered only to qualified candidates from the developing countries. However, participants who get tuition waiver are responsible for the cost of their flight to and accommodation in Egypt. The course will run with a minimum of 10 participants.
2. Venue of the course:
All courses will take place in the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo. The exact location and room numbers will be forwarded to accepted participants before the start of the courses.
3. Courses’ Descriptions
3.1 Demographic Methods for Measuring International Migration (January 12 - 16 , 2014)
This course aims at providing post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, government officials and others working in the field of migration data systems or interested in working in this field with an introduction to the demography of migration, including data sources, data collection, and analysis of international migration data. By the end of the course, and through presentations, case studies and real country data from developing and developed countries, participants will be able to identify migration data sources, read and understand the meanings of migration statistics, rates, and indicators, and be able to calculate main migration indicators. A very basic knowledge of mathematics, use of handheld calculators or Excel is required.
About the Instructor: Ayman Zohry (Ph.D. University of Sussex) is an Expert on Demography and Migration Studies based in Cairo, Egypt. He is the founding president and president of The Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG). Following his early interests in Arab and Egyptian demography (1987-1998), Dr. Zohry’s research interests have shifted increasingly to the study of migration. Dr. Zohry is the chair of the Scientific Panel on International Migration; the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Dr. Zohry is an adjunct professor at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), the American University in Cairo, and a senior lecturer of demography at Cairo Demographic Center (CDC). His current research interests include migration and labor circulation, international migration, illegal/irregular migration, and migration policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Europe.
Deadlines for submitting application for this course are:
• For Participants requesting tuition waiver:: 10th of December
• For all other participants (self sponsored, sponsored by other organization or their employers): 15th of December
• Deadline for paying course deposit (30% of the course’s fee) is 20th of December.
3.2 Immigration Detention: Challenges of a Growing Trend (January 19 - 23, 2014)
Immigration detention is a practice increasingly used by States to penalize or criminalize migration and/or asylum-seeking globally, in spite of the fact that it contradicts international human rights law principles and is viewed as "inherently undesirable." This course will familiarize students with the legal frameworks that define the standards of practice surrounding immigration detention. It will compare and contrast these standards with the practice of immigration detention across the MENA region and Europe. Based on human rights standards, this course will also examine alternatives to detention, which gain preference from advocates and scholars. From a regional international perspective, this course will investigate what remedies, legal or non-legal, are available to individuals through various existing mechanisms. The overarching themes explored in this course will be the role that social constructions of race and class play in how immigration and crime are viewed, questioning the increasing criminalization of migration in public policy.
The course is co-instructed by Parastou Hassouri and Dalia Malak
Parastou Hassouri has previously taught international refugee law at the American University of Cairo and has extensive experience in the field of international refugee law and refugee and immigrant rights. She recently spent three months on a temporary contract with the UNHCR, as a Protection Officer in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. In the fall and winter of 2012, she served as a Consultant in the Resettlement Unit of the UNHCR office in Moscow. Her previous experience also includes research on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees out of the Middle East to third countries. She has worked as a Legal Advisor and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Focal Point at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo. Her experience in the United States includes serving as an Attorney Advisor at the Immigration Courts of New York City and Los Angeles and working as an immigration attorney in private practice in New York City. In addition, she designed and directed the Immigrant Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she focused on responding to ethnic profiling and other forms of anti-immigrant backlash in the United States in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11.
Dalia Malek is a PhD candidate in the Department of Law at King’s College London. Her research interests lie in refugee law, international human rights law, humanitarian law, and the African regional system of international law. Her doctoral research focuses on the availability of individual complaints mechanisms to refugees, the exhaustion of local remedies in host countries, immigration detention practices, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She has conducted fieldwork in various parts of Egypt to serve as an empirical case study for her research. She received a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law and a graduate diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo, and she completed her bachelor’s degree in English and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. She has presented her research in several conferences and moderated discussions in workshops and roundtables in the US, UK, Ireland, and MENA, and has worked in various capacities at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Cairo, and as a legal adviser at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance. She is currently a Human Rights and Migration editor on the King’s Student Law Review.
Deadline for submitting applications to this course:
• For Participants requesting tuition waiver:: 24th of December
• For all other participants: 31st of December
• Deadline for paying course deposit ( 30% of the total fees) is 2nd of January
3.3 Addressing Global Trends: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees Living the Urban Context (January 26 – 30, 2014):
UNHCR identifies 10.5 million refugees under its care; with half living in urban centers and one-third in camps. The trend for urbanization is a global and a refugee trend. Though refugees move into exile in an acute situation, UNHCR reports that almost half of the refugees under its mandate have been under its care for at least 5 years. Trends show that four-fifths of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries. Across the world, there are also increasing numbers of countries hosting refugees in which the host populations and governments are hostile towards the refugees living there. Thereby, growing numbers of refugees are living for long periods of time in complicated urban centers. Additionally, the composition of urban refugee populations are reportedly changing from young men who may have been more capable to survive in the city to large numbers of women, children and older people. These trends challenge our capacity to offer mental health and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable.
During this course participants will:
1) Explore the range of mental health and psychosocial issues for refugees living in the urban context.
2) Review the recommendations for Best Practices outlined by the Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2007) and the UNHCR policy on refugee protection and solutions in urban areas (2009).
3) Examine the multilayered multidisciplinary range of interventions possible and practical for the urban context and compare them to the interventions often used in camp settings.
The course will encourage active participation and sharing of experiences of its students.
About the Instructor: Nancy Baron is the Director of the Psychosocial Services and Training Institute in Cairo and Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI). She received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts, U.S.A. with a concentration in Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology. Since 1989, she has provided consultation, assessment, training, program design and development, research and evaluation for UN organizations and international and local NGOs in community and family focused psychosocial, mental health and peace building initiatives for conflict and post-conflict countries. She has lived and worked with emergency affected populations in the Middle East: Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Occupied Palestinian Territories; Jordan and Lebanon; in Africa: Burundi, Egypt, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda; in Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka; in Eastern Europe: Kosovo and Albania; in South America: Colombia; and in the South Pacific: Solomon Islands. Some of her related publications can be found on www.mhpss.net
Deadlines for submitting applications to this course:
• For Participants requesting tuition waiver: 1st of January.
• For all other participants: 5th of January.
• Deadline for paying course deposit (30% of total fees) is 8th of January.
3.4 International Refugee Law (February 2 - 6 , 2014)
Course Description: The course will provide post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, lawyers and others working with refugees or interested in refugee issues with an introduction to the international legal framework which governs the protection of refugees. Through lectures, case studies and small group discussions, course participants will learn about the basic features of international refugee law through the lens of the 1951 Refugee Convention, looking at the elements of the definition(s) of "refugee," who is excluded from the definition, the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the process by which refugee status is determined, the rights of refugees under international law, the ethical and professional obligations of those representing refugees, and other issues of refugee policy. A background in law is useful but not required.
The course will be instructed by Parastou Hassouri (See bio above)
Deadlines for submitting applications for this course:
• For Participants requesting tuition waiver: 6th of January.
• For all other participants: 10th of January.
• Deadline for paying course deposit (30% of the total course’s fee) is 14th of Jan.
Application procedure for all courses:
To apply for the courses:
1. Fill out the application form on CMRS website: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Pages/ShortCourses.aspx
2. Send the application to [log in to unmask] with your most recent C.V; Att. Ms. Naseem Hashim
Applicants may apply and be accepted to more than one course. Please do not hesitate to contact [log in to unmask] if you have any difficulty with the application process.
Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email within a week after the deadline for submitting the application.
Participants are expected to pay a 30% of the total fees ($150) as a deposit Please pay attention to the deposit deadline for each course and kindly note that the deposit is non-refundable.
More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants.
Tuition fees will cover course material and two coffee breaks per course day.
Accommodation costs for those interested in staying at the recommended hotel will be announced shortly. Any other expenses are not included.
Number of Participants: minimum of 10
NB: Non- Egyptian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply three weeks before the course start, in order to have enough time to obtain their visa.
MA, Migration & Refugee Studies
American University in Cairo
& CMRS Short Courses Coordinator
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